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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Top 10 Best Selling Graphic Novels: APRIL 2015

Welcome to the second of a new series of articles I plan on doing here at Geek Rex which covers the best selling comics and graphic novels for each month as the information becomes available.  You can check out the comics side of things by looking here.  If you like this sort of thing, be sure to let us know in the comments below and I will be sure to continue to churn them out for you.

You can check out more detailed information such as market share, best selling toys, etc. by clicking here.

Meanwhile, your best selling graphic novels of April 2015....

10. Lumberjanes Vol. 1 (TPB)

Publisher: Boom!

This one is a very big, but welcome surprise.  Noelle Stevenson's comic about five friends at summer camp ending up on the best sellers list is a true sign of a changing demographic of comics readers.  The more diversity the better.  A title that definitely deserves to be on here.

9. The Walking Dead Vol. 1 - Days Gone Bye (TPB)

Publisher: Image

This one is a bit of a surprise as it is the only graphic novel on this list to not release recently.  That being said, its place on this list should not be too shocking as The Walking Dead is probably the hottest non-superhero comics property right now, and volume 1 is almost always a big seller among new readers.

8. Batman Vol. 6 - The Graveyard Shift (HC)

Publisher: DC

The final trade of Zero Year.  Perhaps the only reason this did not get a higher spot is that it debuted right at the end of April.  Nevertheless, Batman is easily the most popular title of the New 52, and I'd wager to say most of the readers of the book buy it in trade.

7. Harley Quinn Vol. 1 - Hot in the City (TPB)

Publisher: DC

This one was a bit of a surprise considering that most fan excitement for this title has died down significantly.  Perhaps some readers were waiting for trade, but did not feel up to the hardcover's price.  Perhaps with Suicide Squad coming soon, sales for Harley Quinn titles will spike.

6. Jupiter's Legacy Vol. 1 (TPB)

Publisher: Image

Say what you will about Mark Millar's work, the man's name is good at selling comics...especially hardcover and paperback collections.  Not to mention that this one is getting a bit of a push at bookstores with some extra promotion.  With Millar, there is probably also a movie in the works to help drive sales.

5. Saga Vol. 4 (TPB)

Publisher: Image

Another book that didn't actually come out in April!  This one technically was released at the very end of 2014, so its continued presence on the best seller list speaks volumes to the quality of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' work.  It would seem most of Image's readers simply wait for trade.  With their prices, one can hardly blame them.

4. Batman Vol. 5 - Zero Year: Dark City (TPB)

Publisher: DC

Again, Batman is VERY popular.  Those people who buy Walking Dead often also buy Batman as each trade comes out.  The series having two spots on here speaks to both its quality and its popularity.

3. Fables Vol. 21 - Happily Ever After (TPB)

Publisher: DC

This one actually shocked me.  If you know me at all, you know how much I love Fables, but for it to end up on the best sellers among graphic novels (much less the top 5) is nothing short of awesome.  Fables must be like Batman and Walking Dead in that a lot of readers simply wait for trade.  This being the penultimate volume of the series also probably didn't hurt sales.

2. Avengers: Rage of Ultron (HC)

Publisher: Marvel

Wait.  You're telling me that a graphic novel with a title eerily similar to a movie that was about to release was one of April's best sellers?  Marvel makes the list in the least shocking way possible.  The House of Ideas rarely puts out original graphic novels, but this one was bound to end up a best seller no matter what the content.

1. The Walking Dead Vol. 23 - Whispers into Screams (TPB)

Publisher: Image

If you really didn't see this coming, I would suspect you don't know too much about what sells among comics readers.  The Walking Dead is super popular right now, and as long as that TV show remains a fan favorite, you can expect every single volume to end up on this list as it comes out.

So those are April's best selling graphic novels.  Not too many surprises, though I am thrilled to see titles like Lumberjanes and Fables make the list among the usual heavy hitters of Batman and Walking Dead.  It's probably wishful thinking to hope that more diverse titles will continue to make their way onto the best seller list, but it's always nice to see a great series get the recognition it deserves.

Now let's take a look at the best sellers by company...


Boom!: 1
DC: 4
Image: 4
Marvel: 1


Boom!: 1
DC: 5
Dynamite: 1
IDW: 1
Image: 22
Marvel: 10

What are your thoughts on the best selling graphic novels of April?  What stuck out most to you?  Let us know in the comments below!

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